We are delighted to announce that Marianne Dhenin has been selected as the winner of the 2021 BRISMES Conference Student Paper Prize. The BRISMES Conference Student Paper Prize was established in 2021 to support BRISMES student members in the development of peer-reviewed work. The winner receives £300 and is mentored through a review process at the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (BJMES) by a senior member of the BRISMES academic community.
Marianne Dhenin's paper ‘Attention to Motherhood’: Maternal and Child Welfare, Civil Society, and the State in Twentieth-Century Egypt examines the development of the health public sector in modern Egypt, looking at how policing women's pregnancies and motherhood was a method to control and depoliticise unruly bodies and social classes. The paper makes an original contribution to the study of Egypt, its history and society, but also makes an important intervention in the analysis of social and power reproduction. The paper is based on primary sources, is theoretically solid and has a strong potential for publication.
Congratulations to our winner and thank you to everyone who submitted a paper for consideration!